Kica Perez Warnisher

Judge helps lawyer flog a dead horse -- or cash cow

Kica Perez Warnisher | 11 Oct 2010
A federal U.S. judge is asking the Vatican to cooperate in serving the pope and two other top officials with court papers that stem from decades-old allegations of priest sexual abuse in Wisconsin.

Belgian court rules raid 'disproportionate'

Kica Perez Warnisher | 15 Sep 2010
A police raid on Catholic Church sites in June was illegal, the Brussels Court of Appeals said on September 9. The court also held that measures taken were "disproportionate", and that documents seized must be returned and cannot be considered as valid evidence in any trial.

Abuse suit against the Vatican can proceed

Kica Perez Warnisher | 2 Jul 2010
June 29 was the final day of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2009-2010 term. The high Court declined to hear an appeal by the Vatican in the case of Holy See v. John Doe, which allows the case to proceed in an Oregon court.

Defrocking not always the best punishment

Kica Perez Warnisher | 20 Jun 2010
The Church's law provides for various punishments when her sons or daughters go astray, but in the case of priest sexual abusers, perhaps the most serious canonical punishment is not always the best one, according to one canon lawyer.

'God works through the ministry of weak and fallen human persons'

Kica Perez Warnisher | 14 Jun 2010
Pope Benedict said said that it was no coincidence that the sex-abuse scandal struck during a year set aside for celebration of the priesthood.

'Hell and damnation' warning for abusive priests

Kica Perez Warnisher | 3 Jun 2010
The Vatican's top sexual abuser prosecutor did not mince words when condemning the abuse of children during a homily given at St Peter's at the weekend. He said that priests who abused children would suffer more in hell because of their sacred profession -- if they failed to acknowledge their sins.

US government not keen on suits against the Vatican

Kica Perez Warnisher | 27 May 2010
As we might have expected, efforts by American lawyers to sue the Vatican and/or the Pope over sexual abuse in their country are not finding favour on high. In a strongly worded brief for the United States Supreme Court, the U.S government has taken the side of the Vatican in an Oregon lawsuit that names the Holy See as a defendant for its role in the sexual abuse crisis.

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